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Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop Review


A budget alternative for gaming

The Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop (N-series) isn’t the thinnest or the most aesthetically appealing gaming laptop in the market – neither is it the most powerful. But it’s got quite a lot to offer nonetheless. Now, a little about the brand. Eluktronics borrows its chassis from Clevo, the Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) giant, which specializes more with hardware and performance rather than aesthetic – choosing to give this particular brand a rugged muscular feel. The specs however reveal where much of the focus went. It’s got just the right specs to get most gamers drooling over it, and that’s why we love it. Stick around to the end and let us explore its intricacies – Eluktronics N850HP6 Review.


Pros

 

  • Ample screen estate that’s great for working.
  • Fast Quad core i7 processor
  • Excellent performance
  • Decent battery life

Cons

 

  • USB Type-C doesn’t support thunderbolt
  • No Optical Drive
  • Fingerprint magnet

Verdict

 

The Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop | Amazon design isn’t the best we’ve seen around and its right angled jugged edges give it a rugged feel that appeals to some – while may turn away others. Regardless, it’s quite a good machine to say the least. It sports an Intel 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, plenty of screen estate, 16GB RAM, 256GB solid state drive and 6GB Nvidia GeForce 1060 GPU which register non-compromising performance. Further, the wide selection of configuration options gives the buyer sufficient freedom to buy according to their needs. Bottom line – a powerful gaming notebook for a steal.

Eluktronics N850HP6 Specs


Processor Intel Core i7-7700U | Quad Core  | 2.8 – 3.8GHz | 6MB L3 Cache
RAM 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM (1 Dimm)
Display 15.6” Full-HD (1920×1080) | IPS | Matte
Internal Storage 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 | 6GB GDDR5 VRAM
Ports
  • 1 HDMI output Port (with HDCP)
  • 2 Mini DisplayPort 1.2 output Ports
  • 1 USB 2.0 Port
  • 1 USB 3.0 Port (Type C)
  • 2 USB 3.0 Ports
  • 1 Headphone Jack, 1 Microphone Jack
  • 6-in-1 SD Card reader
Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Webcam 2.0MP Full HD Webcam and Array Mic. Mic supports Windows 10 Cortana Voice Command
Audio Sound Blaster Cinema 3 with Onkyo Speakers
Battery 6-Cell 62Wh Lithium-Ion
Dimensions 14.88 x 10.51 x 1.17 inches
Weight 4.9 lbs
Security TPM 2.0 | Kensington Lock
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DESIGN AND FEATURES


The left side shows the plethora of ports and a dazzling RGB-lit keyboard. Overall, the Eluktronics N850HP6 is a remarkably built laptop

With a brushed and shiny plastic unibody chassis, the Eluktronics N850HP6 looks more like a ordinary laptop than a gaming PC – that’s until you turn it on. It won’t drop your jaws with intergalactic themes but it sure compensates that with performance. This Eluktronics unit only comes in a single color unlike other brand names that often are released with two or more colors available.

The build feels solid, a little flex on the thin screen frame but overall great. It’s one laptop you can carry around to the office or for coffee without it necessarily screaming gamer.It’s 15.6 inches Full-HD IPS display is as joy. With a Anti-Glare finish and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, color depth and vibrance is quite decent. Further, it has a 72% NTSC color coverage and a 60Hz refresh rate in addition to having a bright enought screen for outdoor use.

The back side of the Eluktronics N850HP6 laptop reveals a nealty made Clevo chassis

Other 15.6 inch gaming laptops that may interest you include the Eluktronics N850HK1 Pro, Acer Predator Helios 300 (recently released), Eluktronics P650HP6 laptop and ASUS FX502VM-AS73. All these laptops including our reviewed unit offer Full HD display, 16GB DDR4 RAM, some SSD and HDD storage and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics unit. Of the four, the Acer Predator Helios 300 is the most aesthetically apealing in our estimation, with the ASUS FX502VM-AS73 following closely behind.

Update:  There’s a 17.3 inch version of this laptop named Eluktronics N870HP6 Pro-X that offers a better display and overall performance. It slightly better than the Acer Predator Helios 300 but costs about $100 more than the Predator  Helios 300.

Dimension-wise, the Eluktronics N850HP6 measures 14.88 x 10.51 x 1.17 inches and weighs 5.9lbs – which is within acceptable limits for a gaming rig – in fact only 400 grams heavier than some ordinary desktop replacement laptops in the market. In addition to that, it compares quite favorably with other gaming laptops – for instance the Acer Predator Helios 300 (15.35 x 10.47 x 1.05 inches).

PORTS


The Eluktronics N850HP6 has a richer left side port section as do many other gaming laptops

There are two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (Type C), a HDMI (with HDCP) port and two Mini Display Portsl. Additionally, there is a RJ-45 Ethernet port, a headphone jack, a microphone jack and finally an SD Card Reader for data transfer and act as a secondary storage device. The one glaring downside with the port system is that the USB Type-C does not support Thunderbolt. This disadvantages users because then a Thunderbolt docking station can’t be used to minimize the number of connections required for multiple monitors – no daisy chaining here.

The bright side is this problem may not affect all users since not everyone uses multiple external displays. In summary, connectivity is excellent despite the lack of a Thunderbolt port. Security features include a TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module) and a Kensington lock slot.

Speakers

The Sound Blaster Cinema 3 with Onkyo speakers on the other hand provide respectable sound quality and volume – sufficient to fill a small room. However, they may not match up to the quality of premium brand laptop speakers. Also, it’s worth mentioning that there is no optical drive on this laptop, hence you will have to find other alternatives to handle software installations – perhaps use a flash drive or an external drive for that.

Webcam

The 2.0MP Full HD Webcam is nice and sharp though we weren’t particularly impressed with their color accuracy. While images are discernible and clear, they didn’t stand out strikingly. But to be fair, the camera is generally quite alright in our opinion – good enough for Skype and other social webcasts.

PERFORMANCE


The N850HP6 is armed with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache) processor which advances a 2.8 GHz base clock speed and a turbo speed of up to 3.8GHz. enjoys ). Additionally, it comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM, which is plenty for multitasking between your homework, background music and web browsing.  You can also have up to 25 tabs open on Chrome while watching 1080p video on Twitch or YouTube without experiencing lag. Moving on, the highlight for this machine is that the 16GB RAM sits on one slot leaving an empty 2.5” HDD/SSD SATA III interface slot should you need to expand. (Caddy & Mounting hardware included!)

The Eluktronics N850HP6 side view and ports

There is a decent amount of storage as well – 256 solid state drive (SSD) for our unit (256GB Eluktro Pro-X Ultra Performance PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD). The SSD is especially a good choice for booting up the system fast and handling software with flair. On the other hand, you can opt for the 1 TB configuration if your needs are better tuned towards volume over speed.

Users with the need to store files, data, music and movies might find this configuration very handy.The Eluktronics N850HP6’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is a great choice for this laptop. Thanks to the Nvidia 1060 GPU, Eluktronics brushes should with some of the best gaming laptops in the industry. The Sager NP8172, Clevo P670RP6, ASUS ROG GL702 and MSI GE72VR Apache Pro are just a few such with a with Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics. Since the GPU is a graphics card for high end gaming laptops, it comes with respectable gaming excellence. On our gaming run-down test, it blazed through some recent titles with generally impressive results.

 

Dirt 4 2017 Ultra 1920 x 1080 55fps
Rocket League 2017 3840 x 2160 65 fps
Prey 2017 Ultra 1920 x 1080 102 fps
For Honor 2017 Ultra 1920 x 1080 65 fps

 

Most of the games play well above 90 fps on high 1920 x 1080 settings, above 60 fps on ultra 1920 x 1080 settings and moderately well on 3840 x 2160 settings. We consider anything above 60 fps very playable.

Update: Benchmarks


Eluktronics N850HP6 15.6 Pro-X Gaming Laptop Benchmarks

We ran a few more gaming tests and this what we came up with:

  • CPU Benchmark               89 – Core i7-7700HQ
  • GPU Benchmark               89 – GTX 1060
Low Medium High Ultra
Witcher 3 176 122 71 38
Rise of the Tomb Raider 164 119 70 57
Crysis 3 154 137 104 51
Battlefield 4 201 183 170 83
Overwatch 282 267 176 101

 Input devices


The keyboard layout is standard but comes with RGB Backlighting with a 10-key numeric keypad. The individual keys give a quiet click when typing and the RGB lighting can be dimmed or turned completely off with dedicated keys. The backlight seems to be divided into three color schemes on the keyboard and the lighting evenly distributed throughout the board. As a result, it is easier to game or type in a dimly lit room.

The touchpad on the other hand, is also responsive to touch and gestures like two-finger strokes. That makes zooming in and out of images a cinch.

Battery life


The battery on the Eluktronics N850HP6 lasts a cool 6 hours with light work and with the NVIDIA GPU off. Gaming on the PC cuts the lifespan down to a mere 4 to 5 hours, which is fairly common among gaming rigs. The N850HP6 is powered up by a 180 Watt AC Adapter. Further, the 6-cell 62Whr battery can be can accessed by removing the back panel.

Configurations


Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro Premium Gaming Laptop 1060 | 256GB SSD + 8GB RAM
Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro Premium Gaming Laptop 1060 | 256GB PCIe SSD + 16GB RAM (Our review unit)
Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro Premium Gaming Laptop 1060 | 128GB PCIe SSD + 8GB RAM
Eluktronics N850HK1 Pro Premium Gaming Laptop 1050Ti | 256GB SSD + 8GB RAM
Eluktronics N850HK1 Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop 1050Ti | 256GB PCIe SSD + 16GB RAM
Eluktronics N850HK1 Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop 1050Ti | 128GB PCIe SSD + 8GB RAM
Eluktronics N850HJ Pro Premium Gaming Laptop  1050 | 256GB SSD + 8GB RAM
Eluktronics N850HJ Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop 1050 | 256GB PCIe SSD + 16GB

Worth every buck


The Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro X’s brushed plastic design does not stray far away from the Eluktronics brand, it’s boxy with straight cut corners and a subtle gamer appeal. It is nonetheless a powerful VR-ready gaming machine with a lot going on for it thanks to a feature packed system. I’m talking about Intel 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, plenty of screen estate, 16GB RAM, 256GB solid state drive and 6GB Nvidia GeForce 1060 GPU. Also, just like the Acer Predator Helios 300 with an upgradeable system, the Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop has a couple of configurations available to cover that.

So, should you consider the Eluktronics N850HP6? Well yes. The PC is a great gaming PC with plenty of good hardware to back it up. If you don’t mind brand names or laptops without generic parts, you should consider this unit. It is ultimately a good package deal with great bang for buck ratio.

Update:  There’s a 17.3 inch version of this laptop named Eluktronics N870HP6 Pro-X with a better performance, display and brightness. It slightly better than the Acer Predator Helios 300 but costs about $100 more than the Predator.

Also worth considering is the newly released Acer Predator Helios 300 with similar specs and price range especially if you’re into gamer aesthetics. While the Acer Predator has comparably better performance for slightly cheaper price,  the Eluktronics N850HP6 Pro-X Premium Gaming Laptop follows closely behind.

 

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Dell Inspiron i5577-7359BLK-PUS ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS ASUS VivoBook M580VD-EB76 Acer Predator Helios 300
Display 15.6″  17.3″  15.6″  15.6″
Processor Core i7- 7700HQ Core i7-7700HQ Core i7-7700HQ Core i7-7700HQ
RAM  8 GB  12GB  16GB  16GB
Graphics GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Internal Storage 128GB SSD 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD  256GB SSD+1TB HDD 256GB SSD
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